Please enjoy this throwback originally posted on July 15, 2014.
Oh my goodness! The pain that I felt in my lower back and leg was excruciating. I had already self diagnosed the issue and decided that the person I needed to see was the chiropractor. Surely, if I could go in and get an adjustment, all would be well. I determined that my condition could be healed immediately if I just made it to the doctor’s office.
Have you ever heard your car making an unusual noise and decided that if you could just get an oil change it would make things better? Later you discover that while it temporarily helped it did not fix the issue. I am sure you can think of many short-term solutions that don’t really address the heart of the matter. Likewise, my attempt to “fix” my back pain was met with chastisement from the doctor as he lectured me on reducing my weight. This lecture was met with resentment because I needed relief today. He went on an on about this adjustment only causing mild and provisional relief because the cause of my issue was still present. I scoffed but the message rang loud and clear.
Fixing problems with temporary solutions isn’t a fix at all. It’s merely a Band-Aid to disguise what’s happening at the core. It provides temporary relief. Quite often, we approach our relationship with God the same way. When we are a spiritual and emotional wreck we run to the Doctor (Jesus) for quick relief. We may even “look” the part by attending church, quoting scriptures, anytime we find an opening in a conversation, and toting our Bible for all to see; however, if our relationship and heart aren’t right with the father, those things are just window dressing to a soul that is in a state of disrepair. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4:8 KJV)
Purifying your hearts means developing a real relationship with our heavenly father which requires constant communication with Him through prayer, fasting, studying the word, and obeying His commandments. God can fix the root of the problem by taking our brokenness and putting us back together whole. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. (Jeremiah 18:3-4 KJV)
Just like my back pain won’t be cured until I take care of the root of the issue neither will our spiritual brokenness be fixed by doing things that just “look the part.”
Thank You for another chance to get it right! Forgive me for the façade that I have created to disguise my broken spirit – a soul that is in need of repair. Heavenly Father, I ask that You come into my life and give me the will to make changes that will fix the root cause of my problems. Lord, I need You. Loose me from the chains that have me bound and instill in me a spirit of discipline so that I will fast more, I will pray more, I will study and apply Your word more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to examine the root of your issues. Have you become so accustomed to the façade that you forgot Jesus’ knows your heart? Remember that He knows your every issue and what you need before you ask. There is no need to ask Him for a Band-Aid solution to your problems when a relationship with Him is the cure. Fix your problems at the root and everything else will follow.
Have you ever tried to apply a temporary fix to a problem? How did that work out for you?
Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.